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The day book. (Chicago, Ill.) 1911-1917, April 30, 1912, Image 5

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NRWCmf pOUNCIL HEARS
MAJOR'S MESSAGE
Unification of surface and elevat
ed lin.es, with tran5fers,thrpughJwas declared they were taxed be
routes anq universal o-cent
faTres. '
Construction of downtown, sul
xway mdst important for traffic
reform. If satisfactory aTrange
ments cannot be 'made with"
traction companies, cityfshoul4
proceed with construction of
independent municipal sub
ways.
' "Council urged to take immediate
action for condemnation . pro
ceedings for-acquisition of rip-
arian rights from Indiana street
to Chicago ave. Submerged
land there is needed for con
struction of Harbor Division
s No.sl. City must act promptly
to show good faitH with con
gress. , V
Elimination of politics from po-
lice force, and supervision of
' department by civil service
commission, u
Council Tequested to ask general
' assembly for tiill consolidating
all Chicago park districts, be
icause of economy of adminis
tration that would result.
Better street -lighting cleaning"
and 'policing of outlying busi
ness' districts.
Encouragement of use of water
f meters, both for economy and
J prevention or fraweather
water famine. .'
"' These are the principal features
of Mayor Harrison's program of
legislation, outlined torthe new
city council lasbinight"1h-his an
nual message.
Particular stress was laid on
traffic congestion on eleated and
surface lines in the message. It
yond their capacity at the rush
hours, and that cros's-town lines
were insufficiently operated to
care for patrons. Subways, ac
cording to the mayor, are the so
lution of the problem.
In the event the traction com
panies tried to place an inflated
valuation on their properties, it
was up to the city to take a. de
cided stand and construct its own
subways, said the message.
Broadly, the mayor asks of the
companies a fair valuation,
through routing, universal trans
fers, sufficient cars andoip-to-date
methods. It is pointed out that
surface through routes, Which
were not thought feasible, have
been installed With success.
The mayor almost said some
thing regarding the police de-i
partment "Politics," he naively
declares, "may be said to lie at
the root of most of the evils of the
department." This coming after
a reference to the recent investi
gation and firing of several police
heads, hinted the connectipn An
dy Lawrence had with the so
called investigation might be dis
closed. Andy's business manager
was head of the civil service com
mission that did the"investigating
and firing.
"By politics," says theh mayor,
skating" off the thin ice, "is not
meant partisanship' but the so
cial, religious and racial 'pull.'"
Commendation was given to
j the harbbrand sjiway commis-
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